ERIC Number: ED439738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Contradictory Colleges: Thriving in an Era of Continuous Change. New Expeditions: Charting the Second Century of Community Colleges. Issues Paper No. 6.
Alfred, Richard; Carter, Patricia
This paper discusses three topics related to the issue of the changing environment for community colleges. It first explores the market forces impacting community colleges and how these forces affect organizational design. Second, the tensions that reside within community colleges and act as impediments to change are addressed. The internal tension and intensifying market forces are contradictory in nature. Third, the model of a contradictory college is discussed in some detail. A contradictory college is one that is capable of managing tradition while simultaneously creating revolutionary change and learning from both experiences. A contradictory college will allow different dimensions of change to coexist, thereby providing room for development. The discussions entailed in the paper do not provide the single model for the future, but encourage different ways of thinking about what community colleges need to do if they are to remain vital in the market economy and serve all students well. (Contains 13 citations.) (AF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Environment, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Free Enterprise System, Higher Education, Organizational Development, Policy Formation, School Restructuring, Strategic Planning, Technology, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0311. Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newexpeditions/White Papers/ marketwhite2.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.